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Image of Maryland, 1 2/3 Dollars, 1775
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Maryland, 1 2/3 Dollars, 1775


This emotionally charged political cartoon tells a complex story of struggling for freedom and standing political ground. Britain and America are shown achieving peace, with the Latin reminder, “Pax Triumphis Potior” (Peace is preferable to victory).


One might question this denomination. It says “One dollar and two thirds of a dollar,” which seems an unusual dollar amount for 1776. But the odd denomination was the equivalent of 12 shillings sixpence under the old British system. Americans were moving out of an old monetary system, heading towards a new one.


Legends of the Human Spirit The following objects are in this section.
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United States, 30 Dollars, 1776Confederacy, 5 Dollars, 1862Norfolk, Nebraska, 1 Dollar, 1933
Virginia, 15 Dollars, 1776Confederacy, 5 Dollars, 1863Pismo Beach, California, 1 Dollar, 1933
Maryland, 1 2/3 Dollars, 1775Confederacy, 10 Dollars, 1863Pismo Beach, California, 50 Cents, 1933
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